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  1. This house could be pretty cool. I've noticed it before, and wondered what it looked like inside. Unfortunately, I still do since the listing is pretty much a lot listing. Argh!

    I always kind of thought that Farnham Park was a neat place. There is one large mod in the back left section of the neighborhood that is really cool (I've been wondering who designed it for a while--anyone know?) I want to say it is 20 Farnham Park though I'm not certain. There are also a few nice 70's contemporary homes.

  2. We're in a race against time to educate people and help them learn to appreciate these houses and realize they ARE idiots if they tear them down, but most people, especially the ones with the money and power to do something, don't seem to see it that way. If there is $$$ to be made then history be damned.

    I just got back from my New York and New Canaan, CT trip and this is the news I come back to?

    PM me if you are interested in seeing the photo highlights from my trip. We met some wonderful people and saw some beautiful houses in New Canaan. They are having the same teardown problems we are. They also have respect for Houston and our moderns and smiled and nodded when I mentioned The Menil House etc.

    I truly believe that along with Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Canaan, Houston is among the top "50's modern" cities in the US. It will be a shame when that's no longer true.


    Well said

  3. This home was privately for sale for a while. Does anybody know whether or not it sold? I'm just curious to see the response to a modern house in this price range, I've noticed several other high-priced moderns in Houston lately, like the home on Friar Tuck and also the sale (finally) of 1000 Kirby.

    This house really is one of Houston's best, I think.

  4. Hello all,

    I don't usually comment here in "The Heights" section, but I was biking yesterday in your neck and came across a really cool house. It's at 2200 Harvard, next to the basketball courts. A sort of modern take on the neighborhood vernacular. Do any of you know who the architect was? What are your thoughts on this type of home amidst the older ones? I think it is great! I'd love to see inside.

  5. That tile is a little like ours but it looks smaller. I wonder if it could be Floyd or Jenkins. I doubt it's Jenkins, but he did have a house on the Jackwood parade.

    This house does have the look of Floyd or Jenkins. The way the home is (or was) arranged around the pool is very Cliff May-esque.

  6. I remember visiting some kids I went to school with that lived in Tanglewood. We used to ride our bikes back on those streets and I know there was a driveway off of Briar Dr, further west of Pine Hollow, that crossed over Buffalo Bayou and went to several private homes on the north side of the bayou. I always thought that was so unusual that these homes had access from the south side of the bayou instead of Memorial side.

    I've looked on recent arial maps but can't seem to spot this bridge anymore. Does anyone else remember this bridge.

    The only bridge that is like that that I can remember like that is a street called Farther Place off of Westminster. But this is a little further west, near Chimney Rock.

  7. i think it would be an "odd man out" in midtown and the museum district too. i still think it would fit well in greenway.

    I know I like the convenience of the proposed location, but it would stick out there for sure. Then again, that didn't stop the developers of The Royalton or The Huntingdon.

    This may seem like an odd location, but I think that it would be neat on Sterrett Street or Richey Street in northernmost downtown. I've always liked this tiny little area, it's like Houston's own microscopic SoHo or Meatpacking District. It would be nice with the Hardy Railyard Project nearby as well as downtown conveniences.

  8. That's true, but I bet for every one person that doesn't like this building there are 10 who do like it. I think it's awesome, but it probably would work better as an office building. I would want a balcony if I were going to live in a highrise.

    Hopefully 9 out of 10 would like it. The scheme is so preliminary that it is possible that there could be balconies, but they may compromise the composition. One of my favorite residential hi rises has electrically sliding glass panels built into the walls so that the room may act as a balcony. But it costs a pretty penny for that feature. I'd prefer some balconies as well, but I guess some of the other hi rises around town without them have been successful. As for the office vs. residential, if it is built in the proposed area, I'd love to see this building be mixed use. Maybe the first couple of floors could be galleries, restaurants, shops, or offices.

  9. Who's bashing it? It seems that a lot of us really like the aesthetic. But the truth is that highrises aren't built so that passers-by can oogle them, only so that units can sell. And in Houston, which does not have a mature highrise market on account of other housing options being so affordable, developers have to be generalists when it comes to design; they must appeal to the broadest market possible because that market is so small. Designs that are too avant garde carry a high risk because a large segment of the market just won't 'get it' and even those prospective buyers that do 'get it' will still weigh their options with competing buildings (such as those that have balconies).

    I'm just saying that it is riskier from a financial and marketing perspective. That's all.

    A couple of people did bash it. "Horrid" was the word used. Horrid seems like an emotional word, hence my calling it bashing.

    I completely agree that developers ultimately want a building to sell more than they want it to be beautiful. You are right. But the reality is that the exterior of a huge building in a neighborhood ultimately impacts those neighbors and passers-by and effects more people than the amount that inhabit it. Because of this, it thrills me that developers and architects in Houston are starting to consider the impact of design and how successful it has been in other large cities. I do agree with you that designs that are too avant garde risk success in sales, but sometimes all it takes is one or two examples of success and others will follow. Randall Davis decided to convert old warehouses into moderately expensive apartments, sometimes only containg one room and a bathroom. This was hardly normal in Houston, but now it is. You can get a loft (such a loosely used term now) in nearly any part of the Houston, and they get a premium over standard condos and apartments.

  10. Although they have their obvious differences, the first thing that came to my mind was Calatrava's 80 South Street proposal for Lower Manhattan.

    It reminded me of 80 South Street too.

    I'm shocked that so many people here do not like this building and are bashing it!?! Architecture should be progressive, it should represent ideas and forward thinking. The Riparian and 2727 Kirby are nice, I do like them, but this building just makes a great statement. It's all a matter of taste. Most people love buildings like Montebello in Uptown, but I'm not fond of it.

    The response that I am seeing in this project reminds me of The Richard Meier towers in the West Village of Manhattan. When it was being built, it was quite controversial. Now, people are starting similar projects all over Manhattan by the finest architects (I'm crazy about 40 Mercer by Jean Nouvel.) This building, if completed, could represent a major shift in what will come in this city that I, for one, would love to see. On the other hand, the response could be hated like that of Tremont Tower, though Tremont really is ugly.

    Allen Bianchi has some really good work. I hope this project will be built, and if the prices aren't insane, I'll buy one. I like it that much.

  11. "When the last remaining mod was destroyed"? I was down there about a week and a half ago and the only mod that's been destroyed in a long time is the Carroll Brodnax designed house at the corner of Memorial Dr. and the feeder road. The Bend website is down because Michael Brichford doesn't have the time to maintain it at the moment (from what I heard)

    Fear not, there are still tons of mods left in Memorial Bend.

    Yeah I thought this post was odd, too. If anything, Memorial Bend is amazingly preserved...especially for Houston!

  12. I do plan on doing a courtyard style with a twist, so who knows.

    Wow, lots of "twists." If we were talking about a cocktail, with so many ingredients, your future home will be the equivalent of a Bloody Mary.

    Oddly enough, though, I can see where Frank Lloyd wright could mesh with a sort of Mediterranean thing, if done with skill. I think it is great when homeowners have a point of view and want to bring a personal look to their dwelling. Unless, of course, it ends up looking like a Persian Palace (The new, more hideous version of McMansion. See Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_palace )

    Wright's son, Lloyd, designed a home in Los Angeles called the Sowden house. This home, since a tasteful but controversial remodel, has traits of Wright, South/Central American, Mod, and hither and yon has splashes of Mediterranean. And it actually works! Plus it has one of the most beautiful courtyards I've ever seen. It was updated by a guy named Xorin Balbes who does some really neat work.

    Links to Sowden House:



    Keep me posted...I'm very interested in how this will turn out!

  13. There is a sort of Richard Neutra vibe to some of the areas in this house which I love, particularly in the sunroom. The steep vault in the great room is awkward, but I think this is a very interesting house and hopefully it will be respected.

  14. Used or antique pieces are often preferred, so be careful because they sometimes cost more than the new. I am not for repros, but that's just me. Imagine if you wrote a great book, painted a beautiful painting, invented the post-it note... whatever, and someone made a nearly exacting version. I think that something new that shows influence is a-okay but copies generally lack so much of the character that the original has. A Corbusier longue glides effortlessly but if you try a fake that has been used for a while it is choppy. If you look at a fake Mies Barcelona or Brno, the flat metal that makes them so beautiful is much thinner and cheapish. I also believe that copies sometimes drive up the price of the authentic. You can find many interesting pieces of modern furniture from different periods that were designed by lesser-knowns and use them until you can get that piece that you want sooo much. But there really are some cool Brazilian and Danish unknowns out there to be had for a good price, even here in Houston.

    Some people make a decent argument for some cases, though. I have friends with a round table for 8 and wanted Bertoia chairs, but didn't want to spend $4500 on chairs so they bought replicas which caused them to save something ridiculous like $3000.

    You really aren't going to hurt anything if you buy a fake Nelson table. Lightning will not strike you as you carry the table home. But if you are considering a whole suite (you mentioned also adding chairs, etc) I just wouldn't do it. In the end having one authentic piece in a room is much more rewarding than having a collection of fakes.

  15. I just had this random thought. Cliff May, who can basically be credited with pioneering the ranch house, did some work in Dallas. So...I wonder if he did anything here? I'm sure one of you will know...

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